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Sholay (1975)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 15 August 1975 (India)
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After his family is murdered by a notorious and ruthless bandit, a former police officer enlists the services of two outlaws to capture the bandit.

Director:

Ramesh Sippy

Writers:

Javed Akhtar (as Salim-Javed), Salim Khan (as Salim-Javed)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sanjeev Kumar ... Thakur Baldev Singh
Dharmendra ... Veeru
Amitabh Bachchan ... Jai
Amjad Khan ... Gabbar Singh
Hema Malini ... Basanti
Jaya Bhaduri ... Radha
A.K. Hangal ... Imaam Saheb
Satyendra Kapoor ... Ramlal (as Satyen Kappu)
Iftekhar ... Narmalaji (Radha's father)
Leela Mishra ... Mausie (as Leela Misra)
Vikas Anand ... Jailer assigned to bring Veeru & Jaidev
Mac Mohan ... Sambha
Keshto Mukherjee ... Hariram
Sachin ... Ahmed
Alankar Joshi ... Deepak (as Master Alankar)
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Storyline

Sholay means embers in Hindi. In this particular movie, a Police Officer, who's family was killed by a bandit named Gabbar Singh, decides to fight fire with fire and recruits two convicts, Jai and Veeru to capture Gabbar. He approaches them in jail, puts the proposal in front of them, and they agree to bring in Gabbar Singh alive - for a hefty price. After their discharge from jail, they travel by train to the village where the Police Officer lives - now with only his widowed daughter-in-law. The three band together to fight one of the most elusive and dreaded bandits of all time. Will the two ex-cons be able to bring Gabbar alive to the Police Officer? Written by Calista

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The greatest star cast ever assembled.......The greatest story ever told


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

15 August 1975 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Embers See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangalore, Karnataka, India See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (rough cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)| Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The opening guitar music of Mehbooba was later recreated for the famous remix of Kaanta Laga. The part starts in the intro of the song . See more »

Goofs

When Basanthi is being chased by bandits, while crossing the wooden bridge she does a small stunt, she moves the horse cart and breaks down the bridge and moves ahead, so the bandits are forced to take a detour to catch her. Veeru follows them and also find the bridge broken and take a detour. Both Basanti and Veeru are caught by the bandits and Jai rescues them later. While returning after being saved by Jai from Gabbar's den, Veeru, Basanti and Jai are seen crossing the same bridge which is fully intact. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jailer: Errr... Thakur sahib?
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Alternate Versions

The 'original' cut version of the movie ran for 188 minutes and had about 16 minutes of footage removed from the end. The uncut version runs for 204 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Ikke Pe Ikka (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Mehbooba Mehbooba
Performed by Rahul Dev Burman
Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Music by Rahul Dev Burman
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The Greatest Story Ever Told!
8 May 2005 | by anant_mathurSee all my reviews

"Kitne Aadmi Thei", every Indian film fan knows this dialog by heart. Sholay was released in 1975, also the year I was born in, coincidence, perhaps. The film became the longest running Indian film in the theaters, a record that stood for over 25 years until it was broken recently by another classic "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (holds the current record 500 Weeks and still going - as on May 07, 2005).

Sholay was written by the great Duo of Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan know as Salim-Javed. The duo also gave us films like Don, Shakti, Shaan, Zanjeer, Seeta Aur Geeta and Deewar. The film was directed by Ramesh Sippy and had music of legendary R.D. Burman. Sholay gave us a Character called "Gabbar Singh" played by Amjad Khan, who made his debut with this film. The character of Gabbar Singh is so creative that many film makers have tried to imitate him for their films.

Sholay did for Indian Cinema what Casablanca did for Hollywood. It became an instant classic and broke all the rules of film making and characterization, while preserving the values of Indian cinema.

Sholay just won the Filmfare Award (2005) for being the Best Film in the last 50 years of Indian Cinema. Sadly, when Sholay was first released in 1975 it didn't win any major Filmfare awards. But when you think about all the great films that were released in that year, its easy to see how it may have been over looked. 1975 may have been the best year for Hindi films with the likes of Deewar, Chupke Chupke, Hera Pheri, Khel Khel Mein, Julie, Mausam, Ponga Pandit, Rafoo Chakkar, Uljhan, Dharmatma, Do Jasoos, Faraar, Geet Gaata Chal, Chhoti Si Baat, Aandhi and Milli - all releasing along with Sholay.

Sholay had the biggest star cast of its time with the likes of Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Sanjeev Kumar, Sachin, A.K. Hangal, Leela Mishra, Satyen Kappu, Mac Mohan, Jagdeep, Asrani, Helen, Jalal Agha, Iftekhar, Keshto Mukherjee and of course Amjad Khan. The Greatest Cast Ever Assembled for the Greatest Story Ever Told!


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